AS IMO STATE GROAN UNDER RUDDERLESS GOVERNMENT, WHERE ARE THE MODERN DAY DEMOCRATS?

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One thing nobody can take away from Imo State is the fact that she boast of quality democrats in the South-East Geo-political zone. When one talks of Professionals, Intellectuals of repute, Lawyers, accomplished Politicians etc, Imo State rank high in supply of men and women in these cadres. Happenings in the State today appear to suggest dearth of the enumerated set of people; otherwise, it may be concluded that they are choking under apparent intimidation.

With the coming on board of young democrats/ politicians in the State, one had expected a better and vibrant Imo where older democrats like me will be proud of, but behold, what appears to be going on is simply democratic apathy in the face of rudderless leadership, with its dire consequences to the wellbeing of the State, needless to go into elaboration here. It could be enough for some modern day leaders in Imo State to grumble about the Governor’s predatory leadership style in their closets; but it is surely not acceptable for them to maintain cowardice silence in the open – they must speak up.



In the last one a year or so, hardly will a day pass without Imo State featuring on national news for wrong reasons. Today, can the young democrats boast that Imo State is on the right track in terms of peace and stability? Who is speaking out on the danger of being led by a desperate and equally rudderless government in the state right now? These questions become apparent in view of the current near break down of law and order in the state, though not visible to the unwary masses.

Our modern day democrats may want to pretend as if nothing is wrong in the State in terms of governance, but it will amount to fairytale because Nigerians are beginning to ask questions about happenings in the State. In view of the current flagrant disregard to Constitutional provisions in Imo State, the question as to the capacity of AN IGBO MAN TO RULE NIGERIA, could spring up, hence the urgent need for democrats to speak up. In democracy, the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, servers as the only working document open to any President and the State Governors. It must be upheld at any point in time no matter who is involved. It is okay for the Governor to embark on road construction and expansion without design, due-diligence and settling of legal issues arising from the project; but it is certainly unpalatable for a sitting Governor to flout the very Constitution he swore to defend; particularly at this period the people of South-East are clamouring to have a shot at the Presidency.

 

THE ABSURDITIES IN IMO STATE.

[1] THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL INSTITULIZATION OF 4TH TEAR OF GOVERNMENT. Out of the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT, only Imo State has 4th tear of Government. In which Constitution was this aberration derived from? Again, what is the position of our modern day democrats on this shenanigan?

[2] THE REFUSAL TO OBEY THE ORDER OF COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION. Must it take the order of the Attorney General of the Federation for the 27 Local Government Chairmen to be reinstated? The answer to this question is of course, NO. Must the response from Imo State to order of the Court for the immediate reinstatement of the 27 LGA Chairmen, be that “since Federal Government refused to reinstate suspended Justice Salami as allegedly ordered by the National Judicial Commission [NJC]; Imo State is at liberty not to obey Court order”? How can Imo State Government equate administrative order to Court order? Arising from these two instances, what can our new democrats say of the perception of governance in Imo State by Nigerians?

At this point, what our young democrats must bear in mind is Franz Fanon’s quote that states, “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity”. Perhaps it is pertinent to ask our new and young democrats like the Deputy Speaker of the Nigeria House of Representatives, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, how he is providing leadership in Imo State, as leadership baton has effectively fallen on his shoulder. The failure of our new democrats in the National Assembly to fashion out modalities for putting Imo State on the path of peace and stability is worrying, and it could be viewed as a direct indictment of their ability to act as pathfinders in the State.

Every observer on activities in National Assembly will admit that the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has distinguished himself creditably well. He has been an able leader, in and outside the Senate chamber. His Speakership of ECOWAS parliament is eloquent testimony of his leadership qualities.

In retrospect, Imo State in the last four [4] years under Ikedi Ohakim, immediate past Governor of the State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu, Achike Udenwa, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, just to mention but few, as old democrats, witnessed relative peace and stability; but same cannot be said of the State today. One begins to wonder if the young democrats have been overwhelmed by the expectation of leadership or are they still learning the rope?  Or do we watch the state degenerate into Thomas Hub’s jungle. Could the helplessness of our new democrats at confronting the slide of Imo State into anarchy be attributed to lack of cohesion its midst? Could it as well be that they do not have the interest of the State at heart individually and collectively?

Undoubtedly, Imo State will slump deeper into instability if democrats continue to behave as if nothing is amiss. They must discover their mission and fulfill it- providing purposeful leadership. The unpalatable alternative is for them to betray this mission by remaining docile and apparently intimidated. THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL.

THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PARTY IN THE STATE MUST STEP FORWARD AND DEMONSTRATE REAL CAPACITY TO MANAGE OPPOSITION.

THE PRESENT STRUCTURE OF THE PARTY, DIGITAL IN OUTLOOK AND MORE SOPHISTICATED THAN PREVIOUS ANALOGUE STRUCTURE DOES NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE DISMANTLED EVEN THOUGH THERE IS THE NEED FOR THINKERING HERE AND THERE.

THE PRESENT LEADERSHIP AT NATIONAL AND STATE LEVELS MUST PLUCK UP THE COURAGE TO DO THAT WHICH IT KNOWS SHOULD BE DONE. IT MUST BE KNOWN TO ALL THAT THE PROBLEM WITH THE PARTY IN THE STATE IS THE ACTIVITIES OF FRIENDLY ENEMIES WITHIN.

CHIEF SENATOR FRANCIS ARTHUR NZERIBE

No 4, C C. Onoh close,

Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.


20 COMMENTS

  1. One must commend senator Arthur Nzeribe for the above powerful article laced with cogent mentions..but senator Nzeribe failed to recognize the efforts of activists and few courageous journalists who are tackling Gov okorocha head on ,why will senator Nzeribe fail to mention the efforts of my humble self who have continued to take on Gov okorocha like no other person does and can do?Senstor Nzeribe as a old and wealthy democrat still have a role to play..The chief sure know media is expensive for some young democrats to afford,can chief nzeribe come in here to assist?

    • Typical Nigerian mindset, you problem is that your pathetic person is not recognised in the so-called article.LOL.
      If Nzeribe is a democrat in your opinion, then Robert Mugabe need apologise as a dictator.
      I will hate any one to sing praises of any politician, including Rochas, but paid and hungry critics like you always muddles the water because your writing is inspired by your belly rather than your heart and conscience.

  2. EBUBEAGU MY MAN YOU ARE DOING VERY WELL.
    ROCHAS IS MERELY USING STATE POWERS VERY WRONGLY,.
    HE DEFINITELY KNOWS THAT THE ERA OF OWELLE OWELLE IS GONE AND THAT THE IMO PEOPLE NOW KNOW BETTER.HE CANT FOOL THEM AGAIN.
    IMO PEOPLE HAVE THE GIFT OF REJECTING WHATEVER THAT IS EVIL AND UNREAL.
    LET ROCHAS DROP ON WETHRAL ROAD AGAIN IF HE WILL NOT SEE STONES ALL OVER HIS BODY.
    NO ONE FOOLS THEM.HE SHOULD ASK OHAKIM
    THEY CAN BE PATIENT WITH ANY BODY BUT WHEN YOU ABUSE THEIR PATIENCE TO BE WICKNESS THEY ALWAYS RISE TO THE OCCASSION NEVER TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE PERSON.
    GOODNITE TO ROCHAS AND HIS LOOTING OF IMO AND WICKED GOVERNANCE

  3. The man ROCHAS is a complete rogue
    Imagine using ROCHE his company to do all the SUBEB jobs in IMO and no body is talking.
    He will surely run away from Imo when the time comes.
    All the projects he is using our money to execute will be confiscated by me in 2015 when Owerri mounts the saddle
    The 4th tier will be desolved as soon as I win the election.
    ROCHAS SHOULD TELL NDI IMO WHERE THE MONEY FOR THE LEASING OF ADAPALM IS
    HE SHOULD TELL US WHERE THE MONEY HE REALISED FROM THE LEASE OF 27 GOVT HOSPITALS IS
    HE SHOULD TELL IMO PEOPLE WHERE THE FUNDS HE REALISED FROM THE LEASING OF CONCORDE HOTEL IS.
    ETC

  4. OWELLE ROCHAS IS THE BEST!!!

    THAT SOME PERSONS CAN’T ILLEGALLY GET CONTRACTS FROM THE GOVERNOR AT THE DETRIMENT OF THE STATE, DOES NOT MEAN THE GOVERNOR IS EVIL.
    OWELLE BY HIS NATURE, DEFINITELY, CAN’T GRANT SUCH CONTRACTS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO CANNOT DELIVER.

    IT REALLY SHOWS IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR SOME PERSONS AND THAT IS THE CHANGE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR.

    JUST LET HIM DO HIS JOB!!! 33 OUT OF THE 36 STATE OF NIGERIA ARE NOT AS LUCKY AS IMO STATE TO HAVE SUCH A GOVERNOR. SUCH PROPAGANDA AS I SEE ON THIS PAGE SOUNDS QUITE ABSURD.

    OWELLE ROCHAS IS THE BEST!!!

  5. The young democrats as you mentioned are fully in support of Rochas,we love what he is doing.If the writer is really patriotic,let him compare himself with Rochas.He had been in government for long let him mention one project he attracted to his constituency.
    Some of you that are jobless are crying because Rochas is not sharing the money.Gone were days you will park your cars in government house and bags of money will be loaded in.Pdp can never confuse us,they have nothing to offer rather sharing and mismanaging our allocation.If the writer is honest,he should know that third tier government is not enough reason to criticise a working governor.We all know too well that local government is a total failure and should encourage the government to bring a change,bring government and development to grassroot.
    Where was the writer when Ohakim ruled almost four years without local government election.He kept calm because he was benefiting from the mal administrasion and was later settled with local government.Rochas has better intention for the state,and his government is better than dredging of nwaorie and uguta wonderlake.
    Please all the failures should stop making noise for they have not seen any thing yet.The allocation of imo state is no more for sharing,its meant for projects.
    Long life owelle,long life imo state.

  6. ROCHAS OKOROCHA is a crook running IMO STATE as a disused farm yard. RESCUE MISSION IS GOVERNMENT OF INLAWS BY BROTHERS FOR FRIENDS and does not go beyond ROCHAS AND MARTIN AGBASO FULL STOP. I regret working for the thieving brigand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • If Rochas is a crook, do let us have access to your facts and don’t keep it to yourself. Calling someone a rogue with evidence is even worse than stealing.
      Many of you are not happy, because you no longer share peoples wealth or those you serve no longer have access to it. Its no longer business as usual.
      If you guys a this fade up. wait until the day we realise a full freedom from Nigeria under Biafra republic and allow our culture and heritage to take centre stage again and leave Nigeria and its crooked lifestyle behind, then many of you will run and seek asylum else where.
      That day will come.

      • HEY MR JOHN,CHEAP THINGS ARE NEVER GOOD- GOOD THINGS ARE NEVER CHEAp. ROCHAS IS CHEAP AND CAN NEVER BE GOOD! YOU CANNOT GIVE WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE. ROCHAS IS NOT EDUCATED. THIS IS THE SORE POINT BETWEEN HIM AND HIS DEPUTY JUDE AGBASO. BEING HALF BAKED ROCHAS TRIES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO BELONG if you brainless goat will understand!

      • Patronising roadside akara and corn roasters, gambling in the midst of kaikai traders and dancing naked at illicit sex clubs in his LAMONDE HOTELs OWERRI, eating suya from the gutter and dirty environment at Ama Hausa or in front of Govt House is not for Governors but for conmen!

  7. Only those who are blind or whose mouths have been stuffed full by filthy loots will keep clapping for the purposeless and pointless misgovernance going on in Imo state right now. The charm has cleared from most discerning folks and the call now is for God to send a credible RESCUER FROM THE RESCUE MISSION. The only thing i see being rescued now are Rochas and his family and friends. His businesses and foundations have been rescussitated. He has acquired state properties for himself. Unless Ndimo stand up to him, this man will do great damage that will hamper the progress of this state for decades ahead. Long live Alaimo!

    • Free education for your children is not purposeless, if it is, please to refuse it and pay the government the full amount.

  8. The writer of this article is known nation-wide for who he is and no sane Nigerian would take him serious! Imolites are not idiots! He has been part of the problems of Ndi Imo for decades and has never attracted anything good to Imo, but bad name. Mr. Senator, where is the scap/junk aeroplane you donated to Mbakwe as birthday gift? Where were you when Imo gnashed teeth under Udenwa and Ohakim? Democrat indeed! By the way, I thought you should know that being a professional is not same as being a democrat as you tended to insinuate in your write up. Or was it a slip of the pen? Political job seekers and professional looters should allow Imolites a breathing space to enjoy free education for the first time and good roads from our hard-working governor. Ndi Imo have made a wise choice and will have opportunity for a change in four years, if they are not satisfied with Rochas Okorocha’s governance! Please, leave Imo alone and enjoy your money, if you are actually enjoying when all around you lack basic amenities, even food!

    • When the history of the fall and fall of ROCHAS is written, scalywags like you Mr or Miss Ugo will take a prominent place. A vindictive double faced janus like ROCHAS has a place in the hottest part of hell. ROCHAS is an ingrate and can not keep promises! IMO is in trouble under ROCHAS and his scramble and partition ploicy. if you challlenge me, I will bare it all. I am an insider!

  9. Arthur Nzeribe is among the elits of Imo state who should literally be executed in a popular public sqare with the like of Iwuanyanwu, Achike Udenwa(their acomplice), ikiri and others for strangling the state for years by sharing our common resources and becoming supper rich at the expense of all of us. Rochas may not have got it right by floutinh the court injunction but overall, we are feeling the government much more now than before. We are no fools and know how they have all benefited from the past governments. Rochas is not sharing the money. We are also watching. if he fails on our mandate, we will execute exactly the same justice mated out on ikiri on him. Nzeribe is not the right person to talk please.

    • if artur and others on your list are to be executed publicly i have no problrm with that.
      my problem is what do you do with ROCHAS… put him in a deep iceblock mmaker/freezer and allow him to freeze to death! that guy’s head is full of hot deals. He needs to be chilled!

  10. SOME PEOPLE JUST WRITE WITHOUT FACTS.
    THE ISSUE REMAINS THAT ROCHAS IS VERY LAWLESS AND DESERVES TO FACE FIRING SQUAD FOR STEALING IMO LOCAL GOVT. FUNDS .
    WE ARE SAYING THAT THE ROADS THIS CROOK EMBARKED ON ARE NOTBEING DONE AND ONE CLOWN IN ABUJA AND LAGOS WHO ONLY LISTENS TO AIT PROPAGANDA OF IMO STATE GOVT. IS TALKING TRASH.
    ALL THE LOCAL GOVT ROADS ARE EMPASSABLE AND THE CLOWNS WHO DONT GET HOME ARE PREACHING NONESENSE NO ONE GETS OUT IN OWERRI NOW WITHOUT BEING KIDNAPPED.
    KIDNAPPING IS NOW A PROFFESSION IN IMO YET ROCHAS IS FLYING AROUND THE GLOBE IN FALCON JET WHICH HE NEVER HAD BEFORE.
    LOCAL GOVTS. ARE OVERGROWN WITH WEEDS BECAUSE THE MAN,ROCHAS DOES NOT WANT TO OBEY COURT RULING WHEREIN HE ASKED WORKERS IN THE LOCAL GOVTS NOT TO GO TO WORK YET ARE PAID BY THE ILLEGAL TC CHAIRMEN MONTHLY.

  11. If free education is a bad thing, I think many parents from other states will definitely pray for it. The money this government is using now to fund free education in Imo for the 1st time ever, use to go into private pockets.
    I can’t judge those against Rochas because that is their right to have a varied opinion. But if you don’t like him, don’t vote for him again.
    If you ae not okay with insecurity, ask those like Ohkim that introduced it and ask Jonathan your c-in-c responsible for your security. Rochas commands no security force.

    In a real federation, Imo has right to introduced 4th, 5th tier of govt if they chose, just as most states introduced Sharia law when others doesn’t.
    As for Nzeribe, the worst of Okoroacha is far better than your very best.

  12. Owelle, your style of governance is a kind of play smart and not been clever, going to were the roast corn to buy one do not make you a good governor or leader, you are only missing in action.
    IMO people should be very careful with you because i can see a face of angel but a —– — — in disguise

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